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Otto’s BMW on Hunt Club to Pave Over a Pine Forest

Otto’s BMW on Hunt Club to Pave Over a Pine Forest 

In the midst of a climate emergency and devastating urban tree canopy loss in Ottawa, the City of Ottawa has approved the plan for Otto’s BMW dealership on Hunt Club to pave over 1.57 hectares of pine forest to make way for an extended parking lot. 

Summer Bioblitz

We have some exciting news! We are launching our first Bioblitz of the summer from June 18th-20th

Ecology Ottawa’s Summer Bioblitz is a 3 day event that challenges you to get outside and document your nearby nature. We will be collectively trying to document as many observations as we can from birds, butterflies to plants, you name it! So, whether it be on a local hike or in your own backyard, get ready to get outside and document all kinds of living things you see!

Tree Giveaway - Volunteer Orientation

Are you passionate about restoring Ottawa’s urban tree canopy? Or are you looking to get meaningful and rewarding volunteer hours for school?

We are looking for passionate volunteers for boothing at our tree giveaways, and drivers to transport our baby trees safely to our community partners’ tree giveaway locations! Are you interested in getting volunteer hours, or simply helping out in your community? This may be the opportunity for you! 

2021 Tree Giveaways

The Living City Team is resuming the Tree Giveaway Campaign this year and we're ready to distribute more tree seedlings than ever: 15,000!

This initiative began because Ottawa’s urban tree canopy is under threat. Since 2008, the emerald ash borer has killed 25% of Ottawa’s trees. In addition to this, climate change, invasive pests, expanding urbanization and infill construction are also major threats to trees. We need to re-plant and keep planting to stay on top of the threats!

Lopoukhine: Gatineau Park deserves legislation to properly protect it

The National Capital Commission (NCC) recently released its 2020 draft of the Gatineau Park Master Plan. Buried towards the end of the draft plan is a presentation of the advantages and the need for modernizing the park’s legal framework.

This may surprise readers who think Gatineau Park is a “real park” under a federal act. Sadly, Gatineau Park’s boundaries are currently not legislated, and as such lands can be sold, traded without parliamentary approval and houses are still being constructed on the remaining private land within the park. As the draft plan points out, legislation would firm up the park’s conservation mission and its protection, modernize pricing of activities, establish regulations and assign powers of protection.

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